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July 27, 2011

"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." Arnold Bennett, English novelist, born May 27, 1867, died March 27, 1931.

In Today's Chat:

* 12 Foods that Help You Sleep

* It's Blueberry Time

* An Amazing Way to Deal With Change

* Final Thoughts for Today's Chat

*12 Foods that help you sleep*

Nutrition can play a major role in how well you sleep. Therefore, today I'm going to chat about 12 foods that help you sleep.

But there ended up being so much information about these foods that I wanted to convey to you, it made today's Sleep Chat newsletter too long.

So I posted an article on my website rather than here. Simply click the blue link below. It will open a new window so you can also finish reading this newsletter. 12 Foods that Help You Sleep

*It's Blueberry Time*

I can't leave the discussion of food without mentioning that July is national blueberry month here in the United States. Blueberries are one of the richest fruit sources of vitamin C.

They also contain vitamin A and a lot of dietary fiber and potassium. Plus, a cup of blueberries is only 81 calories!

Blueberries are packed to the brim with powerful antioxidants that can protect your cells from rapid aging. They are truly a superfood.

Fortunately, this delicious fruit is available throughout the world now. They're great fresh and can also be frozen for use at anytime. If you're going to pick and freeze them, keep them unwashed and in flat layers in freezer bags. That way they won't stick together.

Wash them when you're ready to use them in muffins, on cereal, or however you choose to eat them.

*An Amazing Way to Deal With Change*

Do you find change stressful? Do you resist it? Do you complain about new changes you weren't anticipating?

Most people do.

But what if you could see change in an entirely different light? Something to anticipate and enjoy?

That's what a curious little book I just finished is all about. Before I tell you what it is—and yes, I hope you read it—let me share with you a story about change.

Recently, a large, well-known grocery/retail/department store has been going through a major renovation in my town. Everything in the store has been changed and moved around.

As is my way, I like to engage people in conversation to find out what they are thinking. I talked to half a dozen employees as I made my way through the store. I asked them. “Why are these changes being made?”

Responses varied:

“I don't know. They don't tell me anything.”

“It's a mess. Things were fine the way they were.”

“Customers are complaining. This is ridiculous.”

“Why didn't management just leave things well enough alone?”

As I digested all of this, it seemed obvious to me: if the management of this store had simply taken the time to talk to their employees about why these changes were being made, the change would have been less stressful for everyone.

Because let's face it. People don't like change!

That's one reason why so many people suffer from sleepless nights—they are unwilling to make changes in their life and daily routines that help facilitate sleep.

Ask any doctor and they'll tell you that the toughest thing in their practice is getting people to make healthy changes.

Yet, change happens. Whether you want it to or not.

So that gets me back to the book I just finished—Who Moved My Cheese?, by Spencer Johnson, M.D. This is the best selling business book of all time—but it says nothing about business! It has to do with the way you live your life and what you want in life.

And it reminds me of something the great philosopher Krishnamurti once said. I'll paraphrase his words: If you are to discover that which is infinite in this life, the Truth, you cannot allow yourself to be stuck in a small pool of stagnant water. You must work hard to get into the ongoing, fresh flow of the main river of life. That, in essence, is where true freedom lies.

Change can free us. If we let go of the stagnant routines we cling to. If we are willing to abandon the comfort zones we wallow in.

If you're a manager who deals with employees, a business owner, or a consultant who works with companies, this book will be invaluable to you. If you're an employee, this book will also give you great insights about yourself.

There's a line in the book I modified and put on a 3x5 card so I see it daily in my office:

What would you do with your life...if you weren't afraid?

And here are a few more gems from the book that I really like:

When you are afraid things are going to get worse if you don't do something, it can prompt you into action. But it is not good when you are so afraid that it keeps you from doing anything.

The biggest inhibitor to change lies within yourself, and that nothing gets better until you change.

The fastest way to change is to laugh at your own folly—then you can let go and quickly move on.

Change really can lead you to a new and better place, although you're afraid it won't at the time.

Who Moved My Cheese is a parable about change...and not being afraid of it. You improve your life by changing it. This book will show you why. I highly recommend it. You can probably get the book from your local library or visit the author's website at

* Final Thoughts For Today's Chat *

How about if you and I vow to make one change in our lives over the next week? Perhaps listen to others rather than talking. Or take a different way to work. Or try one of the foods I wrote about this week.

For me, there is one task I've been putting off because it bores me to tears and yet it has to be done for me to move forward with one of my businesses. I'm going to just do it, as Nike says.

What's the one change you can make this week to make a difference in your life?

For now, I'm outta' here. Life is a journey. Keep exploring.

We'll chat soon.


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